Latin America & Caribbean

Mexico mudslides and flash flooding kill 14

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Media captionFernand made landfall near the Atlantic port city of Veracruz on Monday

More than a dozen people have died in eastern Mexico, in landslides triggered by heavy rain caused by tropical depression Fernand.

Thirteen people were killed when mud engulfed their homes on hillsides in Veracruz state.

Another man drowned after being swept away by fast-flowing floodwaters in neighbouring Oaxaca.

Fernand made landfall near the Atlantic port city of Veracruz on Monday and weakened as it moved north-west.

Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte has asked the federal government to declare an emergency in 92 municipalities, so they can receive recovery funds.

Veracruz Civil Protection Director Noemi Guzman Lagunes said almost 300 people had been moved to shelters.

Officials said damage had affected 10% of highways and major roads in Oaxaca.

The US National Hurricane Center said Fernand had packed winds of 85km/h (50mph) when it made landfall, but weakened quickly once it hit land.

Fernand, which had started off as a tropical storm before weakening to a tropical depression, was the fifth named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

The season runs from 1 June to 1 November.

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